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R Leonard

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  1. To leave the UK, even as a neutral, you'd probably need a pretty good excuse. If someone were to approve your departure, by air would be safest, but that limits your continental options to Lisbon or, maybe, somewhere in Spain . . . anywhere else as a landfall on the continent, and yes, including Vichy, you would sooner or later have to deal with some very unfriendly people in black & silver suits, leather trench coats, or both, who, undoubtedly, would be even less sympathetic to your excuse for making the move than the folks you had to convince in Britain. Trying to go anywhere from the UK to where the Germans held sway, which was most of Europe, was a one way ticket to a concentration camp or to a hole that they'd make you dig. "But I'm a neutral!!" So what? You had been in the UK. And inquiries? "What, a citizen of <pick your neutral country, there weren't all that many> named Joe Blow? Left Britain when? Heading where? Never heard of him."
  2. I checked the Fold3 site and got 91 hits on the search "Boat Pool Baker" (with the quotation marks). Most are simply passing reference on this or that page of whatever ship's war diary, usually along the lines of "transferred 3 LCMs to Boat Pool Baker". Did not look at anywhere near all of them. https://www.fold3.com Might be worth a subscription to you, might not. If not, they sometimes offer free access all their documents, usually for about a week around Memorial Day or Veterans Day, but they don't every year and you'd have to keep checking the site as those dates approach. Access, paid subscription or otherwise, will allow you to download the page of the document of your interest. A boat pool was a repair and distribution operation for small craft, up to, including, and apparently predominantly, landing type craft. These were distributed across the Service Force as necessary in support of supply functions at various installations and activities in operations. From what I’ve seen in a brief run through on boat pools in general was that the constant demand from fleet subordinate activities put considerable stress on operations, thus the need for various AKA vessels to transfer their boats TAD to the Boat Pool to meet the demand. In other words, a captain might be told to TAD a number of his boats to the Boat Pool so that the Pool can further assign them to a specific task. For what it is worth.
  3. A sergeant. The division patch is that of the 36th Division, a Texas-Oklahoma National Guard unit formed in late July - early August 1917 at Camp Bowie near Fort Worth. The insignia is an arrowhead pointed down with the letter T superimposed. The arrowhead represents Oklahoma and the T is for Texas. His collar brass (the round device with US on it) also shows the number 3. This is the 3rd Texas Infantry Regiment which was later renumbered as the 143rd US Infantry. This helps us identify the time frame of the photo since that change occurred in October 1917 when the 3rd and 5th Texas Infantry Regiments were combined to form the 143rd US. The distinctive unit insignia behind the collar brass is, probably, since I don’t have one handy, the insignia of the 3rd Texas Infantry although it could be an early insignia for the 143rd. It is certainly not the current insignia 143rd Infantry which was approved in 1926. The wreathed shield, barred, with a star surmounting is typical of Texas units of the time and even survives in the modern insignia of the 144th US Infantry which was formed in the 36th Division at the same time as the 143rd. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/143rd_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States) for the current 143rd insignia and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/144th_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States) to compare with the insignia of the 144th. The qualification badges are, on the left “Expert” and on the right appears to be “Marksman” although the glare in the photo could be covering the detail that would make it a “Sharpshooter” badge; the difference being the marksman badge has a plain center to the cross, but the sharpshooter badge has a superimposed circular target. My bet, just because of the glare, is that it a Marksman qualification badge. The rectangles below the badges would identify the weapon for which he earned the qualification badges, but the photo does not have enough detail for further identification. So, photo was probably taken sometime between the end of July and mid-October 1917.
  4. Journalists . . . don't know squat about that which they write.
  5. Personally I think you could stand to a little more research before posting . . . "Sergeant Major of the 2nd Class" . . . there is no such rank in any of the US services. I know his true rank and he is not a "soldier" either. I could go on, but you need to get your facts straight, avoid innuendo, and write a little more coherently. Then you can explain why your cited examples have anything to do with military history, especially as related to this sub-forum, World War II, or admit you are posting just to be obnoxious.
  6. Well. my area of study, US naval aviation WW2, is pretty far removed from the subject matter of these two photos, but, I'd say offhand that both appear to show Austrian troops in the 1914-1917 time period. Where? Not a clue . . . Europe, maybe? At first, I thought the first might be German army, but a close exam shows some of the troops wearing the same cap as in the second photo, which is distinctly Austrian.
  7. Never stop reading and never get your history from the TV, movies, or UTube.
  8. R Leonard

    Fact checking

    Journalists . . . for the most part don't understand history can't read maps any ship that's grey and has a gun is a battleship if the writer never heard before of XYZ event, there must have been a, GASP, coverup. I could go on and on . . . but fact checkers for journalists is somewhat incestuous.
  9. R Leonard

    Fact checking

    Is there some question about the presence of US Marines at Cape Gloucester?
  10. No. Simply because he would have already reached the mandatory retirement age for serving officers before the North Koreans invaded . . . without already having 5 stars he would have already retired.
  11. That was my question . . . never answered other than some vague claim to knowledge of Japanese carrier operations, which I also challenged. I can elaborate on his foul ups at Midway, but I wanted to give the OP a chance to present his case.
  12. Well, of course. Film makers are in the entertainment business, they are not in the history business. Anyone expecting to see history adhered to from opening credits to final credits will be very disappointed.
  13. Oh, and if you were to look closely at, then, Commander, Browning's performance at Midway, you just may come away with a "Whoa, he really messed that up," moment.
  14. I see nothing in the available literature, including various heavy tomes on USN/carrier operations; articles; papers; the naval registers from 1917 to 1942; and even a somewhat poorly written, overly effusive, and error riddled Wiki entry which would indicate that Browning had any exposure to, or gathering of, specialized insight into Japanese carrier operations. I even went so far as to peruse some of his own writings from his tour of duty at the Army’s Command & General Staff School. No, nothing there either. He was never a Japanese Language Officer – a duty which required a two-year assignment to the US embassy in Tokyo, nor do the registers otherwise indicate he was an otherwise qualified Japanese translator. Not to mention that the Japanese were notoriously close-minded about allowing non-Japanese naval personnel, especially Americans, gathering information on their operations. The experiences of Halsey’s staff aboard Enterprise leading up to Midway were pretty much centered on strikes on remote Japanese outposts and providing escort to USS Hornet for the Doolittle raid, none of which provided any exposure whatsoever, absolutely none, to Japanese carriers and their operations. From what I’ve seen there was nothing he ever wrote pre-war that those involved at command levels with US Naval Aviation did not already know nor did such writing specifically address the Japanese or any of their doctrine, operations, or practices. He may have been one who wrote on carrier operations and pitfalls in a NWC thesis paper, but it was not earth-shattering insight. So, always being willing to learn, perhaps you could point to some documentation I may have missed that might illuminate your claim to his extensive knowledge of Japanese carrier operations?
  15. Oh my sweet Aunt Tillie, where ever did you get the strange idea that Miles Browning was the "real hero" of Midway?
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